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Hi, I'm Gareth. I'm 23 and a programmer near Gatwick.
I bought a 2003 156 GTA last month.

Just wanted to introduce myself.

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Hello and welcome...nice choice of car btw
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Hi Welcome along

23 and a GTA nice one
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Hi Gareth and welcome to AO!

How do you like your GTA so far.... and can we please have some pics
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Jansi:
Thanks

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Siggi.

Love the GTA so far. Needed a bit more power so I had a cda and remap done. Considering a center section replacement to the exhaust for a cheap change to, since there be a box there.

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23, GTA and you wanted more power way to go!

Welcome to the forum, and what an excellent choice in car.
 
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My last car was a rover coupe turbo with a few mods.
Ran a good speed, so the gta was a bit sluggish for me at first.

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My last car was a rover coupe turbo with a few mods.
Ran a good speed, so the gta was a bit sluggish for me at first.
If you still feel that your GTA is a bit sluggish, Autodelta have a number of engine upgrade options.... all the way up to around 400 bhp (GTAM Supercharged)

http://www.autodelta.co.uk/

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Thanks. I'm well aware of the options, and I've spoken to AD (jano), Monza sport, rusper alfa and a few others.

I basically didn't want to go OTT on this car and drop a shed load of money I'll never see again, like I did on my last car.

I wanted to squeeze a bit more power, but didn't want to increase capacity or supercharge it. They're both 4k options through AD.

Want to keep it fairly close to standard and not spend much cash on it for a few years, and then move on to the next car.

I've had a few cars I've modified the nuts off of, and whlst it was fulfilling to some extent, watching them go for a fraction of the hardwork or capital is heartbreaking.

I was considering an M3 or a R34 (for different reasons, obviously), but they're both higher insurance and I finally got my premium down to around 1k, so I'd like it to stay there for a few years.
I paid high insurance for a few years from 19-21 with the last car, starting at over 2k/year, and I'm tired of throwing the money away.

When I've got more Ncb and I'm over 25 then I'll looking at getting a high powered car, hopefully the new v10 m3 hardtop convertible if they go through with it, or possibly a brera gta if the rumours of expected power are true.

For now I just want a car I can live with, and the GTA certainly is a dream out of the box. I had to spend a fortune on the coilovers for my last car, and the gta handles much better out of the box, with much smoother suspension without comprimising (whereas the coilovers were either smooth or well handling, but not both)

Not suggesting anything about people who are modding the nuts off their cars. If they've got the money and time they good for them.

I just don't think it's the right platform to launch into a modding campaign from. Bhp is hard to come by without spending big bugs, and even then you're getting small improvements - 150bhp from 5k isn't much, really, and the suspension and brakes aren't enough standard to cope with it, so you'd have to start playing there too.
Spend that money on an R34 and you'd already be ahead of the game. (And driving a cliché, but still)

Anyway ... I think i went on for a bit.
I try not to launch into opinionated rants too soon into being a forum member - people don't know you well enough to want to like you, so you might get ripped into, but nevermind.

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Thanks.

Alfaholic:
That's just scary though... I didn't see you on the map.
Where be you though?
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That's just scary though... I didn't see you on the map.
Where be you though?
Redhill.
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Wow, that IS close!

Going to brooklands tomorrow?
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Wow, that IS close!

Going to brooklands tomorrow?
Yes indeed
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Say hi to me then if you see me.
I should be the young one with the GTA.
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